There are a lot of great reasons why Shropshire should be a top contender to consider when looking for your dream wedding venue. As well as being home to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge, the county boasts the stunning Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - a magical wedding day backdrop that was made for photos.
Brimming with historical houses, enchanting castles and even vineyards, this rural setting is as ideal for a lavish wedding as it is for a relaxed and intimate celebration. And you have to check out the barn wedding venues on offer in Shropshire! From contemporary designs complete with underfloor heating to traditional styles with oak wood beams, each one is as charming as the next.
To help you plan the perfect wedding, we've compiled the 13 best wedding venues in Shropshire. Get ready to escape to the country!
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1. Hawkstone Hall, Shrewsbury
Hawkstone Hall is a luxury hotel in the Shropshire countryside that offers exceptional facilities and gold standard service for your big day.
Whether you're having a large wedding of up to 700 guests or an intimate affair with a few close friends and family, Hawkstone Hall can accommodate. From the elegant Saloon to the showstopping Chapel, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to spaces to celebrate, but it's not just the ceremony and reception rooms that'll impress.
This 18th century country manor has an abundance of extra special features that give it an exclusive edge. Fancy exploring 88 acres of gorgeous gardens? Hop aboard the love buggy and you'll be escorted through an apple orchard, lily pond and more.
Perhaps you want some time to unwind? The 'Man Cave' complete with its own lounging area, PlayStation and pool table will provide the perfect space. Or there's the spa, with Elemis treatments, and a luxury gym equipped with Peloton bikes?
Hitched were luckily enough to stay at this gorgeous hotel and can confirm it's a dazzlingly beautiful location for a wedding (with a vast honeymoon suite you need to see to believe!).
2. Davenport House, Worfield
Davenport House is an enchanting Georgian house that has been hosting weddings for 25 years - and it can be exclusively yours for your wedding day too!
Set at the end of a sweeping driveway, there are a number of magical spaces for ceremonies and celebrations to take place but our favourite has got to be the Great Hall. With sparkling chandeliers and elegant stone walls it's seriously romantic.
Despite boasting multiple rooms, this wedding venue will feel far from disjointed as they are all interconnected with each other. As your ceremony finishes and your guests make their way to the evening reception, they'll easily be able to flow into the next room.
More over, there is on-site accommodation for up to 40 guests to stay overnight, plus a beautiful cottage just a few steps from the main house where you can get ready the morning of the big day.
3. Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury
Having previously been shortlisted for TripAdvisor's best castle hotels in the world, it's safe to say that Rowton Castle is a spectacular wedding venue that won't disappoint.
The regal setting will ensure you feel like royalty from the moment you enter, boasting 17 acres of picturesque English country gardens, gorgeous accommodation with 19 luxury bedrooms and ample space for you and your guests to explore.
We love the idea of making the most of the glorious grounds by exchanging your vows in the Linden Belvedere Roman-style structure. It overlooks the rolling countryside and the ceremony pictures you'll be able to capture from this spot will be outstanding.
Once the sun starts to set, you and your guests can also enjoy toasting marshmallows around fire pits at the Garden Bar Terrace & Grill - what a fabulous way to end your special day.
4. The Haybarn, Church Stretton
Fancy a festival themed wedding? The Haybarn is available for bookings between April and September and could be your perfect wedding venue!
Located at Brook Farm House, the space comes complete with marquees, tipis and yurts that can be adorned with gorgeous festoon lighting and bunting to create a relaxed and romantic atmosphere.
Alternatively, you can celebrate inside the rustic barn with 120 guests, surrounded by lush trees and greenery.
But the fun doesn't stop there - for an unforgettable experience you and your guests can head to a nearby field for a night of glamping. It'll be truly magical making once-in-a-lifetime memories under the stars.
5. Walcot Hall, Lydbury
There's something so beautiful about a wedding venue that is steeped in history. Since Walcot Hall in the heart of the Shropshire Hills dates back to the 1700s, we think this private home should be a real contender to host your wedding day.
We were instantly drawn to the large turquoise Ballroom that can hold wedding breakfasts of up to 120 people and evening receptions of 200 guests. It has floor-to-ceiling windows making it an amazingly bright and airy space.
Able to accommodate up to 110 people, you and your guests can choose between staying overnight in a quaint cottage, a Victorian Tin Chapel in the woods, yurts, traditional travellers' caravans or even a fire truck. The possibilities are endless at Walcot Hall!
6. The Hundred House Hotel and Tithe Barn, Shifnal
Barn wedding venues are a popular choice and The Hundred House Hotel and Tithe Barn is a stunning 17th century barn that shows just how beautiful they can be as a setting for your special day.
The barn features rustic oak beams that will look gorgeous twinkling with garlands of fairy lights and bunting. You won't have to worry about setting up mountains of décor, the beauty of the barn itself does the hard work for you.
After your ceremony, why not head to the enchanting secret garden for some romantic wedding photographs amongst the greenery and flowers? With fairylit swings, a tranquil pond with love chair, a 'lover's walk' and a quaint herb garden, it's a beautiful place for a few moments alone.
As for the accommodation - there are nine stylish bedrooms available and seven of them have swings hanging from oak beams. How amazing does that sound?
7. Stockton House, Shifnal
If getting married at a new and exclusive wedding venue tickles your fancy then look no further than Stockton House. Opening in April 2022, the stylish Georgian house has been renovated to reveal seven luxurious en-suite double bedrooms, a secret walled garden dining room and more; all nestled within 8,500 acres of picturesque Shropshire countryside.
We love all the added extras Stockton house will offer to ensure your wedding day is memorable, such as a delicious wine and cheese tasting evening in the vaulted cellar the night before your wedding or an informal BBQ in the garden.
This wedding venue is also offering an amazing opening year deal where couples can have the space all to themselves for £6,000. That includes exclusive use of the house, grounds, bedrooms with breakfast, a bespoke menu and wines from the cellar. Snap this up quick, we say!
8. Malt House Barn, Shrewsbury
Another beautiful barn wedding venue in Shropshire (this time with a contemporary twist) is Malt House Barn.
The fabulous barn has all the features you'd expect from a traditional barn - we're talking wooden beams and a countryside setting - but with modern fixtures such as large glass windows and an integrated heating and air conditioning system that keep it at a perfect temperature year round.
If you'd rather an outdoor ceremony, the Garden Gazebo is a lovely place to say 'I do' surrounded by 150 of your friends and family.
You can then make your way over to the lawn to enjoy an al fresco reception, sipping drinks and tucking into canapes while looking over the natural backdrop.
9. Ludlow Castle, Ludlow
Regal, sophisticated and unforgettable, Ludlow Castle is everything elegant couples on the hunt for a castle wedding venue will want and more.
We love the idea of holding your ceremony within the historic stone walls of the Round Chapel in the inner Bailey. It's certainly unique and will be beautifully atmospheric as guests enter across a private wooden bridge and a dry moat.
There are also several indoor ceremony rooms available that can cater for weddings of all sizes. If you're planning an intimate celebration, consider The Library, a small but gloriously romantic room within Ludlow's Castle House. It looks out across private grounds and is flooded with light.
Alternatively, head to The Beacon Rooms where 100 loved ones can be seated in a gorgeous space with classic features and high ceilings.
10. Hencote Vineyard, Shrewsbury
When you think of weddings hosted in a vineyard you expect to travel abroad, but there are actually a number of stunning vineyards located a lot closer to home. Hencote Vineyard in Shrewsbury is one that you have to check out!
With magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout the property, this wedding venue offers panoramic views across the vineyard and the surrounding countryside. Whether you're exchanging your vows or eating your wedding breakfast at The View restaurant, the setting will be truly spectacular.
Views aside, the overnight accommodation at this wedding venue is excellent. You have the choice to stay in The Grange - a beautiful Georgian farmhouse situated on the banks of the River Severn with seven en-suite bedrooms, private gardens and a hot tub - or the Glamping Village which offers 10 luxury lodges with wood-fired hot tubs and a private veranda.
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11. The Mill Barns, Bridgnorth
The Mill Barns is a showstopping waterfront barn wedding venue that is ideal for a day-to-night celebration. As the sun starts to set it'll look truly amazing all lit-up, with the surrounding water twinkling under moonlight.
Boasting an oak-framed ceremony barn, a stunning wedding breakfast barn, spacious bedrooms and several evening entertainment areas, you'll find everything you need here to host an unforgettable event.
For weddings in the warmer months you can hold your ceremony in the open air on The Terrace overlooking the Mill Pond - it's incredible!
The Mill Barns is also a no corkage wedding venue so there won't be any extra fee or service charge, plus you can design your very own drinks package for as little as £11 per person.
12. Weston Park, Shifnal
Despite Weston Park's incredibly historic past (originally built in 1671 for Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham, it's been the haunt of royalty, prime ministers, poets and artists), this stately home has a very modern outlook when it comes to style and service. The house boasts award-winning food and is fully staffed to cater for all your wedding wants.
Only available for exclusive hire, meaning you'll have the whole property to yourself, this wedding venue is ideal no matter what time of the year you choose to get wed. In the summer months, you can open the doors and enjoy the gardens, and when it gets colder you can keep cosy by the roaring fires.
Located on the Shropshire border and easily accessible from the M6, it's a brilliant base no matter where you and your guests are travelling from.
There is even a church on-site so if you're planning a religious ceremony you won't have to leave for your ceremony and return for the reception; it's all in one convenient location.
13. Bridal Barn, Bridgnorth
Bridal Barn, nestled in 80 acres of private woodland in the Shropshire countryside, is just how you imagine a rustic and enchanting wedding venue to be.
As you step through the wide wooden doors you'll be met with delightful wooden beams, ancient stonework and unbeatable views. There is also a tipi in the woods which will look so magical when adorned with fairy lights.
This wedding venue has a capacity of 120 seated guests so while it has a lovely cosy feel, you can still invite everyone you want. You only have to look at the pictures of this glorious wedding venue to see why it's so popular!
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